Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Top 5 Comics - 5/9/12


THE BEST OF THE STACK FOR 5/9/12 

#5 – Journey into Mystery #637


I’ve never read Journey into Mystery before, but I’d heard really great things from other reviewers. Loki was a key element to why The Avengers was so fun, so I wanted to see if Kid Loki could be just as amusing in his own title. I was shocked when I found out how humorous and engaging this book is.

Keiron Gillen and Andy Lanning weave a really fun story where we get to see the Asgardians reduced to regular people, and a mystery setup that only the New Mutants can solve. It’s a win all around for fans of Thor or X-Men.

Carmine Di Giandomenico’s artwork in this issue is worth the issue if just for the shot of Thor dressed as an auto mechanic. If the God of Thunder wanted to fix my Ford Escape, I’d have no problem with that. Though I’d expect it to fly afterwards.

RATING: 3.5/5

#4 – The Fairest #3


The buzz around this new Fables spin-off hasn’t been huge, but I’m really enjoying it. This issue was a classic fairy tale that gave us some more information about Briar Rose and her unique condition. The Snow Queen has her own motives, and as Jonah Panghammer pleads his case for her to steal his bottle, we learn that there’s even more to Rose’s tale than we’ve been led on to believe.

Bill Willingham can do as many Fables spin-offs as he sees fit. I really enjoyed Jack of Fables and this series offers a different sort of side-story in terms of characterizations and set-ups.

Phil Jimenez continues to wow me with his pencil work, and each panel before the last looks like it could be printed in a leather volume containing actual classic fables and fairy tales.

RATING: 3.5/5

#3 – Incorruptible #29


The story is coming to an end as the radioactive cloud slowly drifts toward Coalville. As Max Damage tries to settle things with Alana, the rest of the city goes crazy in its final hours before the poisonous vapors engulf them. Max’s prison facility is raided by those looking for shelter, and no one is safe as Max finally loses his cool.

Mark Waid has left another incredible mark on superhero storytelling with Incorruptible, and I’ll be sad to see it go. Max Damage is one of my favorite characters in comics right now and he’s had an incredible arc. He deserves a good ending and I can’t wait to see what happens next.

Damian Coucerio’s artwork in this issue was very expressive and fit the tone of the story extremely well. There’s a part with a giant cobra that actually made me nervous, half due to how he drew it, half because I’m already terrified of giant snakes.

RATING: 4/5

#2 – Invincible #91


Mark Grayson wakes up to find Dinosaurus changed back into his human form and a strange sensation all over his body. As Invincible (Bulletproof) rushes to “rescue” Mark, the others soon discover a shocking new development in their friend’s biology. Let’s just say it doesn’t turn out too well for Mark.

Robert Kirkman continues to write one of the greatest creator-owned stories I’ve ever seen in the comic book medium. I know that many people go nuts over The Walking Dead, but for my money this is the story I get most excited about. I never know what’s coming next, and that’s hard to do in a superhero title.

Ryan Ottley is nothing short of a genius in his artwork, and this is no exception. There’s some wonderful character and action moments throughout the issue, and each panel helps turn Kirkman’s words into a dynamic reality on the page.

RATING: 4/5

#1 – Batman #9


Bruce Wayne fights off a horde of Talon assassins in the Bat Cave as Alfred organizes the Bat-Family to stop the Night of the Owls, where every Talon has been released to kill high-profile targets in Gotham City. The end features a back up story about Jarvis Pennyworth that is definitely worth reading, both in writing and in artwork.

Scott Snyder has stated that he’ll walk away from Batman when he’s out of stories to tell. I hope I’m hopefully not the only one that prays that his creative well never runs dry. Snyder isn’t afraid to put Wayne through the gauntlet, and with a legacy character like Batman you have to constantly up the ante in order to keep him interesting.

What is there to say about Greg Capullo’s artwork? How about that I’ve never seen a more fresh and fun take on the Dark Knight in my entire comic book reviewing career. I’ve said it before, but I really hope that he helps design a future animated series to really showcase his skills at cartooning.

RATING: 4.5/5

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